After turning her attention to multi-layered synths on 2020’s Devotion, singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy returns to spiky, guitar-forward songs on her third LP, Echo the Diamond. She announced the album with “Act Natural” at the end of May, following it with “Memories” and “Get Back” in subsequent weeks. Glaspy has said that Echo the Diamond “is the most fluid and immediate music [she has] ever made.”
Horrendous: Ontological Mysterium [Season of Mist]
Philadelphia death metal act Horrendous return for a new, uproarious full-length with Ontological Mysterium. It’s the first album from the ensemble in five years, following 2018’s Idol. In addition to Ontological Mysterium’s loud, serrated title track, the band previewed the album with “Cult of Shaad’oah” and “Preterition Hymn.”
Arnold Dreyblatt: Resolve [Drag City]
Bassist, composer, and instrument builder Arnold Dreyblatt has established himself as an inventive, exploratory performer over the past 50 years. On his new album, Resolve, he reunites with the Orchestra of Excited Strings for the first time since 2002, performing with his upright bass strung with piano wire. “Resolve is dazzling proof of this Orchestra’s musical prowess as well as an astonishing technical achievement,” writes Pitchfork’s Matthew Blackwell.